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Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 16th May, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Race Committee

•  London Circuit Raising

•  Research Volunteers Wanted

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Race Committee

Old Federal Highway

To run the Race at Old Federal Highway this weekend we require the following: Race Director + 5 volunteers – lead and trailing car drivers, van driver, start/finish helpers * 2.

Please let the Race Committee (race.committee@actvets.cc) if you can assist.

London Circuit Raising

The ACT Government is preparing for work to start on raising London Circuit later this year to form a level intersection with Commonwealth Avenue. This may result in disruptions to road users.

Download the brochure here: https://majorprojectscanberra.cmail20.com/t/d-l-fjhddll-iykitlcdt-y/

Research Volunteers Wanted

Are you a cyclist who trains for over 5 hours or 150 km per week? Are you male and aged 18 to 50 years? Are you interested in endurance performance? Are you interested in how your body adapts to the heat?.

What’s involved? VO test, Haemoglobin mass testing, Two week cycling heat acclimation protocol in hot/dry and hot/humid environments. Heat response tests in hot/dry and hot/humid environments. Physiological measurements (body temperature, heart-rate, sweat loss) will be collected.

Get in touch – Mr Peter McDonald, Peter.mcdonald@canberra.edu.au, ph 04159 08082

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 21st May – Old Federal Highway – Handicap

Reminder: All riders must register on the CRMCC Web site (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 20/5/2022 8:00 PM prior to the race. There is no registration at the event.

Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.

Where: Turn left off new Federal Hwy (dual carriageway) onto Shingle Hill Way. The intersection is signposted to Gundaroo and approx 9 km past the Sutton Rd overpass. Park in gravel pit on corner of next intersection about 100 m in from highway.
When: 1:30 pm.
Race Description:
3 laps Handicap – 36km
Approx start times: F: 1330 E: 1338 D: 1344 C: 1348 B: 1352 A: 1356
Official handicap times will be available on race day.

Race Director:  Vacant

Marshals: Vacant

RACE REPORT:

Sutton Driver Training Centre Kermesse – 14th May

A fairly good turnout made it out for the toughest circuit race on the calendar in weather that promised forecast interruptions from precipitation. The skies looked bleak on the ride out, but the track stayed magically dry all afternoon. Track conditions were superb, with a small amount of water running across the causeway and very little gravel on the circuit, both thanks to some early gardening work by our van driver Gareth Downey.

First cabs off the rank were E and F grade, with a good showing in E, but only two in F. With a hefty headwind on the top section, the grades stayed together for half the race, before an attack saw a break of three, including Alison Hale, Allan Bontjer and Geoff Allacott establish a solid gap, which continued to grow over the course of the race. A final attack on the last lap from Allacott tore the group apart, with Hale successfully chasing the leader down on the final straight and gaining a few bike lengths by the finish. Bontjer rolled across for third.

F grade featured Chris Copeland and visitor Yvonne Poels, who were distanced from the E grade group early and broke up into individuals, meaning they had the unenviable task of TTing the remainder of the race. In the end, Yvonne had the endurance to get a gap over Chris and maintain it through to the finish.

A grade had solid numbers, which included Australian MTB champ Andy Blair as a visitor. The bunch stayed together til lap 4, when Paul Scherl attacked and established a gap of about 6 bike lengths across the line, but by the time the bunch passed the start line again, they were all together again. Next to attack were Rainer Wilton and Blair, who eked out about 50m and maintained it through most of the remaining laps, leaving the duos of Paul Scherl and Ben Carmody working together with David Parker and Rowan McMurray chasing further behind. With 2 laps to go, it was clear the Scherl / Carmody duo were bringing back the front of the race. At the start of the bell lap, Scherl had dropped Carmody and was within catch distance of the front. On the final straight, fireworks from the front beckoned, but all hopes of excitement were dashed quickly once it was clear there was an agreement, and their work was only to deny Scherl top spot on the podium. In the end, Wilton took the win ahead of Blair, with Scherl a bike length behind and catching fast.

B grade ran a similar script to A, with very little action happening for the first 4 laps. On the 5th lap, a strong break of Michael Foulds, Jason Irwin and Michael Rowland rode off the front and sank the boot in over the pinch at the end of the straight, leaving the chase group struggling to find cohesion to arrest the breaks progress. A quick conversation between Conan Liu and the remainder of the peloton yielded little encouragement for Liu, who then attacked over the middle section of the course into a headwind and leaving his companions behind. By the time the riders crossed the start line again, Liu was amongst the leading quartet and they were working efficiently. The chasers regrouped and worked together, but lacked the firepower required to bring the larger group back. In the end, attacks on the final laps saw Liu, Irwin and Rowland ride away to fight out the sprint, with Conan taking the spoils. Second was Rowland with Irwin coming in close behind.

C Grade was a fairly straight forward affair, with riders choosing companionship and camaraderie over anti social racing. The group largely stayed together for the duration, with a handful of riders jettisoned over the 40 minute race. Matt Hinchcliffe suspiciously was left on the front across the line on a number of laps, and this writer questions whether this was a bunch choice to try and deaden the legs of a competitor, or Hinchcliffe himself ensuring he made it into the Bleat. Nonetheless, dramas were saved for the final laps, with a number of ambitious attacks by Toby McLenan launching at the top of the first pinch. The attacks were quickly shut down, and the inevitable sprint saw Clinton Porteous best Ed Logue, with Brian Peak making up the final podium spot.

D Grade was equally friendly affair, with the bunch staying together for the full 40 minutes. A few riders fell away and rode the duration on their own or in pairs, but the core group worked on with no obvious shirkers saving themselves. Visitor Katie Gregory was unlucky in her first race, with loose cleats putting paid to her chances of tasting the champagne, but hopefully we’ll see her again soon. In the end, Andrew Hislop took the win ahead of Mark Taylor and Matthew Hardy.

Massive thanks to Chris Short and Gareth Downey for helping things run smoothly and ensuring our riders were full of post race refreshments.Thank you also to our first aider Simon Whitehead. Having sat this one out, I’m anxious to get back on the saddle in upcoming races – I’ll see you there!

Steve Crispin

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 9th May, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 14th May – Sutton Driver Training – Criterium – Graded

Reminder: All riders must register on the CRMCC Web site (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 14/5/2022 4:30 AM prior to the race. There is no registration at the event.

Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.

Where: Approx 0.5 km along Sutton Rd from intersection of Sutton Rd and Pialligo Avenue.
When: 1:30 pm.
Race Description:
E/F/G: 1.30pm 30 mins 1 lap
A/B: 2.10pm 50 mins 1 lap
C/D: 3.10pm 40 mins 1 lap
Riders to race in their road grade.

Race Director:  Steve Crispin Contact: Email: steven.crispin@ed.act.edu.au    Ph  0419 429 453.

Marshals: Christopher Short, Van driver – Gareth Downey

RACE REPORT:

The Gunning 2 Day Classic – 7/8th May

Gunning is one of our iconic races for the cycling calendar, and as many know can be unpredictable for its weather. Saturday was no exception, with the forecast of mild conditions changing to blustery and cold. Some thirty three riders started the 4 km individual Time Trial with Marc Vroomans recoding the fastest time on 5:12. With the southerly breeze increasing all riders posted great times. Points were awarded with 6 points for first, 4 points for second and 2 points for third place in the TT. There were six times riders completed the course in the same minutes/seconds time, and the timekeepers resorted to the hundredths of a second to determine placings. Christophe Barberet and Rainer Wilson in A grade, Connan Liu and Tim Brown in B grade, while Anthony Beasley and John Stokman and Andrew Hispop and Steven Simms from C all on the line. At the end of the day those minute differences did not affect the final results.

The Saturday road race of 48 km was underway as soon as possible as the temperatures were dropping rapidly. It was no surprise to hear there had been snow in the mountains. Given the rain the region has received, the road surface was in pretty good shape overall. Bonus points were on offer with a sprint prime at the top of the Cullen range and on a course that favours the climbers those extra points were valuable towards the final results. Placings at the road race finish line were awarded bonus points of 3, 2, 1 for the first three in addition to receiving points based on the number of riders in a grade and position across the line. D grade had 10 riders, therefore Mark Taylor received 10 points as first across the line plus 3 bonus points and 2 points for his TT, giving him at the end of the day of 15 points, while Bruce McMillan received 10 points for the TT and a bonus of 6 points for being first, then 8 points plus 1 bonus for 3rd in the RR and 3 additional points for the sprint prime, resulting in a commanding 28 point lead. C grade had 7 riders and was dominated by Ed Logue who had the fastest TT, first across the line and won the sprint, ending the day with 26 points. A grade with 5 saw Marc Vroomans at 22 points winning all three, in B grade Jason Irwin picked up 16 points even though not placing in the sprint, while in E grade Alan Bontjer ended the day with a healthy 20 points having also won the TT, the road race and the sprint. Chris Copeland as the only rider in F grade had maximum points. With the biting wind there was little post race discussions or social time.

Sunday fortunately was a different story, starting with sunshine and little breeze. With bonus points doubled to 6 points for first across the line per grade and sprint primes there were a lot of points on offer, and the final outcome for each grade was up for grabs. There were a few DNS’s and two DNF’s which also added to the drama of who would take out the final positions. At 10m am A, B, C and D grades set off for two laps of the course for a total of 98 km with a sprint prime on each lap. While the breeze did strengthen it was overall good racing conditions. E grade set off an hour later for one lap and managed to return without being caught. Alan Bontjer provided the closest finish for the day with a strong sprint for the line ahead of Kevin Newhouse, winning by a tyre width and Ian Morton rounding out the grade. With bonuses Allan had a clear overall tally of 31 points with Kevin on 23 and Ian on 8. Alex Sommariva had opted to drop to E grade for Sunday and was therefore not counted in the points.

The grades generally stuck together and given the southerly headwind coming back was a worthwhile tactic, with A grade opting to all wait for a flat tyre repair just after the Breadalbane second turn. B grade overtook them and led back to the finish with Paul Welsh crossing ahead of Jason Irwin, Michael Rowland in third and Conan Liu in fourth place. In any staged event consistency is key, and Jason maintained that to finish up on 26 points, Paul on 18, closely followed by Conan on 16 and Michael on 12. A grade soon followed, with Chris Short ahead of Christophe Barberet, followed by Marc Vroomans and David Parker. Marc taking out both primes gave an additional 6 points combined with a strong position from Saturday gave a total of 31 points, with Chris on 25, Christophe on 16 and David on 3.

Ed Logue in C grade gets the most combative rider award, taking out every stage and sprint throughout the two days to amass 44 points ahead of Clinton Porteous on 20. Brian Peak finished on 18 with Michael Carr on 16, Ian Preston on 12 and Owen Tilley on 10. D grade starting with 10 riders on Saturday was down to 6 on Sunday. Once again consistency paid off. Bruce McMillan after ending Saturday on 28 points proved dominant winning the road race and the first prime sprint giving a total of 43 points. Michael Hanbury added second in both Sunday primes for a total of 26 points, Mark Taylor’s downfall was his TT, and with the largest grade numbers he missed out on valuable points there to end up with a total of 23. Tony Beasley at 19 points ahead of Steve Simms on17, and Brian Chugg on 7.

Using a points based system plus bonuses instead of GC time provided a different way of assessing the race position. It was certainly a much easier to system to implement and rewarding consistency and to some extent the grades with larger numbers, with the reverse also true and some riders missing out on valuable points for the overall position.

As always, this race would not have been possible without the dedicated support from the volunteers. Rob Langridge in particular for grading and recording, Paul Robey for driving the van and time keeping, putting out the urn and afternoon teas etc , Darren Blackhurst as lead car driver both days and general assisting, Matt Hinchcliff driving on Saturday and Kim Malcom on Sunday and Andre Swenson for marshalling, and our ever cheerful Simon on First Aid, who once again was thankfully not required to fix any broken or grazed riders.

Bob Miller

The Winners

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

A Grade: Marc Vroomans (1st), Christopher Short (2nd), Christophe Barberet (3rd)

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

B Grade: Jason Irwin (1st), Paul Welsh (2nd), Conan Liu (3rd)

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

C Grade: Ed Logue (1st), Clinton Porteous (2nd), Brian Peak (3rd)

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

D Grade: Bruce McMillan (1st), Michael Hanbury (2nd), Mark K Taylor (3rd)

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

E Grade: Allan Bontjer (1st), Kevin Newhouse (2nd), Ian Morton (3rd)

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 2nd May, 2022

Masters,

It’s the Gunning 2 Day event coming up this weekend.

In this week’s Bleat;

•  Gunning 2 Day

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

Gunning 2 Day

Event Overview

The Gunning 2 Day Event will comprise 3 races;

  • 4 km Time Trial
  • 48 km Road Race
  • 48 km/96 km Road Race

General Classification

Overall classification will be based on aggregated points awarded across the 3 races based on position, finish bonuses and sprint primes;

TT:
Winner gets a score equivalent to the number of riders in the event, with last place getting one point. There will be a 6-point bonus for first, 4 for second and 2 for third. Eg. the winner in a TT with 10 riders will be awarded 16 points.

48km RR:
Winner of the 48km RR gets a score equivalent to the number of riders in the event, with last place getting one point. There will be a 3-point bonus for first, 2 for second and 1 for third. Sprint primes will be worth 3, 2 and 1 point.

96km RR:
Winner of the RR gets a score equivalent to the number of riders in the event, and so on with last place getting one point. There will be a 6-point bonus for first, 2 for second and 1 for third. Eg, the winner in a RR with 10 riders will be awarded 16 points. Sprint primes will be worth 3, 2 and 1 point.

Note: Riders MUST have completed stages 1&2 on the Saturday to be eligible to race in Stage 3 on Sunday.

Registration

Competitors who wish to be eligible for the General Classification must compete in all three events. Register for all three events in the RMS individually. Competitors may choose to compete in the Saturday Races only and results will go towards season results but will not quality for the 2 Day medals.

Water Bottles

For the 98km race on Sunday, the club will not be providing additional water bottles. Riders who require additional water for the second leg, may bring their own to be collected at the turn. The turn will be neutral to allow riders to pick up their bottles.

Porta-Loo

The Committee is still working on arranging a Porta-Loo. Details will advised later.

Presentation

Following the Stage 3 on Sunday, there will be a medal presentation and light refreshments.

Officials

One more official is required to assist on Saturday and two more officials are required on Sunday. Please let the Race Committee (race.committee@actsvets.cc) if you can assist.

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 7th May – Stage 1 – Time Trial

When: 10:00 am.
Race Description:
Time Trial (4 km)

Saturday, 7th May – Stage 2 – Scratch

When: 11:30 am.
Race Description:
Gunning – Breadalbane – return, All Grades (48 km)

Sunday, 8th May – Stage 3 – Scratch

When: 10:00 am for ABCD, 11:00 am for EFG.
Race Description:
Gunning – Breadalbane – return, ABCD 2 laps (98 km), EFG 1 lap (48 km)

Reminder: All riders must register for each event on the ACT Vets website (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 6/5/2022 6:00 PM prior to the event. There are no registrations on the day.

Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.

Where: Approx 1.5 km – North East of Gunning. Park off the road at the top of the hill.

Race Director:  Bob Miller Contact: Email: bobmiller.photo@gmail.com    Ph  0411 271 656

Marshals: Andre Swenson, Matt Hinchcliffe, Darren Blackhurst, Robert Langridge, Van Driver – Paul Robey

RACE REPORT:

Smiths Rd – Naas Rd – 30th April

Mt Tennent Terror lives up to its name…

With the scarcity of suitable road race venues the Smiths Rd course (AKA Mt Tennent Terror) is now one of few the courses with low traffic in the ACT. Gone are the days of starting at Lookout Hill, doing a turn on the Pt Hutt Crossing road then zooming through Tharwa and onto the Apollo Rd and then returning.

The forecast for the entire week was not good, but once Saturday dawned the rain was gone and a few starters took advantage of the extended registration period to lock in their road season debut. Conditions were sunny but windy when ETCs Tony Weir and Brian Peek and marshal Karen Clutson gathered to perform the arduous task of setting up the signs for the race. Many thanks for making the day a great success. Simon, our first aider, was on hand, but his skills did not extend to fixing the various cardiovascular malfunctions caused by the Mt Tennant ridge and the howling gale.

Although it was all calm when the grades rolled out from Smiths Rd to Naas Rd onto the course, it was carnage by the time most grades returned after the first lap. By the end of the second lap there were no indications that the race was a graded scratch.

Completing two laps, Alison Hale led Simon Milnes and Shirley-Anne Taylor for the E grade podium. Chris Copeland was the solo finisher for F grade.

The unstoppable Garard Tiffen took out A grade followed by new rider Michael Rosser and Al Raitt.

There was actually a sprint in B grade where Jason Irwin got the better of Chris Short, with Michael Roland not far behind.

C grade was one for the history books, as Ian Preston broke away early and soloed to victory by a substantial margin. Missing at this triumph was Mrs Presto who loyally cheers him on at every crit without fail. Second was Owain Tilley followed by Damian Copeland.

D grade finished in a sprint between Stuart Roesler and Tony Beasley. Stuart won this, ensuring he will return to C grade. Anthony Dick was third in one of his rare road appearances.

One good aspect of this race was the appearance of a number of riders who’ve yet to enjoy many road races with the club. Welcome to David Parker, Jason Irwin, Michael Rowland, Michael Davies, Krusty Bryant, Scott Bird and Ed Hall. Let’s hope they return for more tests of their sanity and willpower.

And special thanks to Cat Riley for her home-made biccies.

I’m hoping for a good turnout at Gunning this Saturday. This is the easiest course to race in the region and shouldn’t be missed.

Rob Langridge

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 25th April, 2022

Masters,

Hope you all had a good break over the Easter and Anzac Day Long Weekends. The good news is that Road Racing returns this coming weekend at Tharwa with the Gunning 2 Day event the following weekend.

Note that there a couple of official roles to fill including Race Director.

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Desk of the Vice President

•  From the Race Committee

•  Racing this Week

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the Vice President

Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

The ride was overall well run by lovely volunteers who created a very enjoyable day for all participants. The weather was simply stunning as the sun rose just before registration for the long ride. A number of late entrants got in just before the 7:30am start time, and all assembled on the Crit track for the start.

A reasonable sized bunch took off down Uriarra Rd for a Cotter loop before hitting the first of the Peaks. A moderate pace was set down towards the crossing before the first challenge climbing out. This immediately created splits in the bunch where a select group worked together for the remainder of the loop. Another tough challenge was overcome climbing out of Cotter, before hitting Mt Stromlo for the first official Peak. The pace was high all the way to the top, before things settled and small groups were formed heading towards the following climbs.

The course route provided the next challenge with bike paths being utilised and local knowledge coming in handy. Small yellow arrows on the roads and paths provided comfort we were on the right track and soon enough it was time to hit Red Hill. After having legs and lungs burned it was time for a brief pit stop, with cards being stamped and it was on to Mt Pleasant via Parliament House. Keeping to its name, Mt Pleasant passed quickly and it was onto the brutal slopes of Mt Ainslie. Many struggled and some even had to dismount to overcome this harsh mountain. Black Mountain was next via Anzac Parade, the City and the ANU. This one appeared to be better handled by most participants, while still providing a very real challenge to riders!

With the big ones out of the way, and cake and snakes consumed, it was back to the bike paths before setting sights on the bonus peak of the Arboretum. Although hurting the legs and lungs once again, this climb provided arguably the best views of the day, with Lake Burley Griffin in full sunlight and beauty.

After descending this climb, we were on the home stretch! Back to the bike paths heading into Belconnen before heading down into Coppins Crossing, and yes, another climb to get out the other side. By this stage the long ride participants were closing in on 120km with 2,000m of climbing, with the short ride participants nearing 88km and 1,500m climbing.

With Stromlo within sight, we reflected on a day well-riden, and we’re greeted by smiling faces and a sausage sizzle upon finishing. Many thanks go to all the volunteers on the day. Well done to all participants, and for those who missed it, you had better prepare yourself to not miss out next year, this is one not to miss!

Rotary Five Peaks Challenge
Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

David Parker
Vice President CRMCC

From the Race Committee

Gunning

The Race Committee is pushing ahead with plans for the Gunning Two Day Event on the weekend of 7/8 May (Calendar to be updated). We are still looking for a Race Director, 2 car drivers and 2 ETCs per day and sufficient Marshals to assist. Please let the Race Committe (race.committee@actvets.cc) if you can assist.

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 30st April – Smiths Rd – Naas Rdd – Graded Scratch

Reminder: All riders must pre-register on the ACT Vets website (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 29/4/2022 6:00 PM prior to the race. There is no registration on the day.

Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.

Where: South of Tharwa. Members to park on the side of Smiths Rd and start just around the corner on Naas Rd.
When: 1:30 pm.
Race Description:
Course is laps over Mt Tennant spur to Apollo Road and return
ABCD – 3 laps. EFG – 2 laps.

Race Director:  tba Contact: Email: tba    Ph  tba.

Marshals: Brian Peak ETC, Vacant ETC, Van driver – tba

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 11th April, 2022

Masters,

There will be no Bleat next Monday (18th) due to the Easter Long Weekend.

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Desk of the Vice President

•  From the Race Committee

•  National Capital Authority Update

•  Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

•  Racing this Week

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the Vice President

CRMCC Tuesday eRacing Critz

Carrying on from the Tuesday Summer crits, is the Tuesday Winter Zwift club racing. Currently the format is all grades 1 race, 1 start time, just add CRMCC and crit grade to your Zwift name. Each week we will mix it up with a course with a bit of variety of flats and punchy climbs. There will be a results leaderboard at the end of the event. Let’s keep the legs primed over winter with your mates at CRMCC, whilst we do not have the pavilion to mingle, feel free to mingle, and kudos the winners on our Canberra Region Masters Cycling Club facebook group on the weekly Zwift post.

It is a good chance to try to stick with the next grade or you can back it off a little and help encourage others to go beyond. Let’s keep the positive supportive vibe the CRMCC is known for.

Commencing Tuesday 19th at 7:00pm, you can join at https://www.zwift.com/events/view/2947715

Kit Update

Message from Jimmy: Due to the changes in graphic designs (bigger CRMCC) the delivery date of the kit landing in the country will be pushed back to about 2-3 weeks pending shipping delays etc.

David Parker
Vice President CRMCC

From the Race Committee

Gunning

The Race Committee is pushing ahead with plans for the Gunning Two Day Event on the weekend of 7/8 May (Calendar to be updated). We are looking for a Race Director, 2 car drivers and 2 ETCs per day and sufficient Marshals to assist. Please let the Race Committe (race.committee@actvets.cc) if you can assist.

National Capital Authority Update

There have been some recent updates to the cycling infrastructure around Blundells Cottage. The section of road that has been converted to cycle only is between Blundells Cottage and the carparking areas beyond the toilets is shown in yellow.

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club
Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

More details at: www.rotaryrides.org.au

RACING THIS WEEK:

No Scheduled Racing this week

Next race is planned for 30 April at Smiths – Naas Rd (Subject to approval. Calendar to be updated).

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 4th April, 2022

Masters,

Last week’s Bleat had some problems with the email delivery. This occasionally occurs with the GameDay platform. If you don’t receive the email you can check the club website: https://capitalregionmasterscyclingclub.org.au/category/the-bleat/.

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Race Committee

•  Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Race Committee

Cooma Race

To try to fill the gaps in the Winter race calendar, the Race Committee has been trying for the last month to organise an event in Cooma. Unfortunately we were not able to obtain all the nessessary approvals. Thanks to Chris Short for his efforts is chasing the relevant authorities.

Gunning

The Race Committee is pushing ahead with plans for the Gunning Two Day Event on the weekend of 7/8 May (Calendar to be updated). We are looking for a Race Director, 2 car drivers and 2 ETCs per day and sufficient Marshals to assist. Please let the Race Committe (race.committee@actsvets.cc) if you can assist.

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Crit Season Conclusion

The Crit season has concluded. Overall it was a very succesful season. Fortunately there were very few incidents and we were blessed with good weather (mostly). We saw good numbers and all the racing was in good spirit. The Club Championships went well. All of the Race Directors, including the newbies, did a good job. The kangaroos were generally well behaved so thanks to everyone who contributed.

Rob Langridge
Handicapper

Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

Early bird entries close on 26 March. More details at: www.rotaryrides.org.au

RACING THIS WEEK:

No Scheduled Racing this week

Next race is planned for 30 April at Smiths – Naas Rd (Subject to approval. Calendar to be updated).

RACE REPORTS:

SFP Criterium – 22nd March

Apologies, last week’s Race Report did not reflect the results in F Grade. The placings were;
– 1st: Ross Heazlewood
– 2nd: Lindsay Graham
– 3rd: Paul Robey

Craig Tozer

SFP Criterium – 29th March

It was an evening of grim foreboding from the gloomy skies, but it was not impending rain, rather the last crit race of the season and the punishment that was about to be served out on the track. A couple of troublesome roos lurked down at Collarbone Corner looking to end someone’s evening – they gave a bit of excitement throughout the races but everyone managed to stay out of trouble. Meanwhile, the race officials enjoyed some fun with the timing as they figured out on the fly how to finish all groups in their allocated 20 minutes + two laps.

A grade took to the line without the dominant Gerard Tiffen – rumors from the bunch indicated that he was scared, or perhaps he was just in Budget Day lockup with half of Canberra. The race was full gas from the start, and within the first lap three groups had formed. Attacks continued as the trailing groups attempted to get back on the fast wheels. A solid break of seven riders established at the front, cutting a furious pace. But it was to be a race of attrition, as the front group was pared down to just four riders, and numerous other riders were spat out the back. In the last lap the leading quartet attacked each other, then Tristan Dimmock made what looked to be the winning move with a solid break off the front. Tristan held the lead into Collarbone Corner, but it was not to be as his faster breakaway companions hunted him down. In the end James Meadley took the win followed closely by Steve Crispin and Tristan Dimmock.

B grade consisting of 23 riders strung themselves out early in the race. Ben McDuff and Rowan McMurray attempted to make an early break – the crowd suggested it may have been a pre-race suicide pact as they were quickly hunted down. Just over half way through the race B grade determined it was time for carnage with numerous attacks. David McCook put in a solid solo break as his rainbow jersey streaked down the back straight. It was not to be as Ben McDuff rallied the troops to hunt him down. With the bell lap the pace went through the roof and many riders were shelled from the group. Into the last corner Seymour Savell-Boss had the race in the bag and rolled in for the win with a fast finishing Gavin Stephens almost catching him on the line, and Ben McDuff redeeming himself with third.

C grade quickly strung themselves out in the fading light. A couple of riders were discarded out the back early and enjoyed a quiet evening ride. Half way through the race Ian Preston led a break with his MyRide compariot. The duo battled off the front for a couple of laps but the group was intent on a bunch sprint finish. Paul Clare took a close win in the sprint with Craig O’Neall and Stephen Terracini nipping at his wheels for the placings.

D grade behaved themselves for the first half of the race, riding as a well formed peloton. A strong wind gust almost saw a touch of wheels and a crash right in front of the pavilion. This served a wake up call to the group who picked up the pace to string themselves out, and discard some riders in the process. Steven Harrison put in a strong kick to take the win over Steven Simms and Kevin Newhouse in the bunch sprint finish.

E, F and G grades had a higher than usual turnout which was fun for the race director tracking the lead riders and lapped riders. E grade at least established a leading group so we could decide when to call time for the last two laps. In the end, E grade delivered the closest finish of the night and the race officials had to revert to the honour system to determine the winner (luckily CRMCC riders are honourable and honest). It was Michelle Hodgetts taking the E grade win just millimeters in front of Geoff Ellacott, and Shirley-Anne Taylor. In F grade Dennis Puniard took the win with Lindsay Graham not far behind. In G grade Gai Monahan scored first with Bernard Crowe and Andre Swenson rounding out the podium.

Thanks to race director Dom Romano, Craig Lindenmayer and Mark Terracini for marshalling, and Simon Whitehead for assistance with equipment.

Finally, thank you to all of the volunteers who have put in an awesome effort to deliver a great crit racing season.

Craig Lindenmayer

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 28th March, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  Kit Update

•  NSW Track Masters Championship

•  From the Race Committee

•  Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

Kit Update

Dear Members,

We would like to update you all on the status of the kit order, as we have had some progress and it is getting closer! As you can see from the attached photos, Jimmy has received the sample final product, and has provided minor alterations to the size of the CRMCC logo. But other than that, production is full steam ahead! Indeed great care has been taken to ensure the highest quality product for our members, and we thank Jimmy and MVMNT CLUB for that. The manufacturer has advised that the shipment of kit is expected to be 7th April, after taking into account local public holidays. We thank you dearly for your support and patience during this time and look forward to seeing everyone in brand new Club kit very soon!

CRMCC New Kit

David Parker
Vice President, CRMCC

NSW Track Masters Championship

A number of club members headed to Sydney on the weekend for the NSW Track Masters championship and came home with a swag of medals – John Paul de Sousa, Sarah Stephens, Karen Clutson, Kerry Knowler, Lindy Hou and Alison Hale, ably supported by Steve Jones as mentor, coach, holder and giver of post race debriefs of what went wrong! We looked forward to him waiting until we racked the bike and then asking, like in a performance review, “Well how do you think that went?”

Notable mentions go to

  • Peta Brill for taking Gold in the Scatch and Points race, and a nail biting finish in the Individual Pursuit final to finish 1/100th of a second behind the winner.
  • Kerry Knowler for a mammoth effort for stoking Lindy on the tandem in the para events and backing up for individual and team events, taking gold in the Individual Pursuit.
  • Karen Clutson for a huge PB in the flying 200m of 13.458 (A grade beckons next season for sure!) and missing a place in the final after a questionable call by the Commissaire for coming out of the sprint lane when the other ride rode into her.
  • Lindy Hou for her golds in the Sprint, Time Trial and Individual Pursuit and for the energetic cheering she did for every event.
  • Alison Hale for her gold in the Points race (and minus mentions for turning Steve Jones’ hair gray by giving chase to Kerry’s lead out in the Points that was supposed to draw off her competitors!)
  • Sarah Stephens for her gold in the Time Trial and Point race and for her the huge grin when she beat her friend Taryn Dickens (frequent Thursday night spectator) by a narrow margin in the Time Trial.
  • John Paul de Sousa for his silver in the Sprint event in his first outing on an indoor velodrome.

Photos

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Kerry KnowlerKerry Knowler & Lindy HouPeta BrillSarah StephensKaren Clutson & Alison Hale

It was a great weekend, slightly marred by the decision of Auscyling NSW to not allow ACT riders to progress beyond the heats to contest for the medals for the Team Sprint and Team Pursuit events as these were limited to NSW affiliated clubs.

For regular Thursday night trackies, we missed the commentary of Michael Langdon, particularly when Alison and Karen went into the final match sprint bronze medal ride off with one up each.

Alison Hale

From the Race Committee

Coaching

The Race Committee is looking to establish a roster of people prepared to act as coaches/mentors for new members who want to develop their skills.

Could anyone who is interested or who knows anyone who might be interested, please let the Race Committee know (race.committee@actvets.cc)

Race Directors and Marshals

The RMS has been updated with the ACT races that we have currently secured approval.

We are looking for volunteers to fill the Race Director and Marshal positions so that we can ensure the running of these races.

Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

Early bird entries close on 26 March. More details at: www.rotaryrides.org.au

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 29th March: Stromlo Criterium

Note: Pre-registration required by 29 Mar 2022 3:50 pm.

No late entries accepted.

Where: Stromlo Forest Park

Race Description:
B/D 20m+2 @5:50
E/F/G 20m+2 @6:15
A/C 20m+2 @6:40

Race Director: Dominic Romano   Contact: Email: dominic.romano74@gmail.com    Ph  0408 411 362

Marshals: Craig Lindenmayer

Track Racing has concluded for the 2021-22 season

Sunday, 3rd April – No Scheduled Road Race

RACE REPORTS:

SFP Criterium – 22nd March

A perfect night for racing with warm temps and barely a breath of wind. Not conducive to break aways although this didn’t stop a couple trying with two in A grade making a move right from the get go. That two quickly became four who before long were brought back in the space of half a lap. Showing that no one is winding down for the season A grade apparently averaged 44 km/h which was believable given at least one punter was seen in a deep state of zen post race working hard to keep his lunch down! Some joggers seemed determined to prove it’s not just dogs that don’t belong at a bike race by trying to cross in front of a fast finishing Gerard Tiffen, James Meadley, and visitor Nicholas Wilson.

B grade also held a strong pace in fading light with few silly, bold, or daring enough to make serious moves off the front. Some did try to animate the race with Ben McDuff making a very late charge that wasn’t to be. In the end it was a fairly controlled race with a strong finishing Dom Romano powering to a sprint finish and great celebration, Tom Stewart-Moore, and Seymour Saville-Boss showing less committee time equals more training time.

C grade continued on the theme of controlled racing with no notable moves and even fewer willing to put their nose in the (not so present) wind. Tim Mineham and Mark Taylor had reportedly applied ample lashings of chamois cream and were in strong form to tow the bunch around, keeping enough breath in them to encourage other would be roulleurs. Alas, it was not to be and the two soldiers pushed on while Michael Hanbury, the much cheered for Stephen Terracinni, and Graham Tanton timed their run to perfection to take podium spots in the sprint.

D grade was also out late keeping a steady and consistent pace which helped keep Simon the first aider’s heart rate under control in the fading light. No sign of the kangaroos at the top of the track either so it was a fairly civilised affair all round. Bruce Griffin came home first followed by Peter Frew and Kevin Newhouse for third.

E,F and G had the lowest numbers with 6, 5 and 2 in each grade respectively. This in theory should make tracking the race easier for the race director but these grades showed the highest attrition rates with riders scattered all around the course. E grade largely stayed together with it being one for the ladies with Linda Stals and Michelle Hodgetts bringing home first and second and Mick Donaldson in third. Ken Birch, Susan Frost, and Ross Heazlewood the victors in F, and in G after some late race sharking and sideways looks reminiscent of a track sprint it was Andre Swenson taking the win ahead of Bernard Crowe.

Special thanks to Gai Monahan for marshalling, Simon Whitehead for being 1st aider at the ready, and Andy Matz as the committee rep with the keys.

Craig Tozer

Track Racing Season 2021-22

The 2021-22 Track Racing Season concluded on Wednesday 24 March with a team race, trophy presentation and drinks to celebrate another successful season. The track season was challenging, with around 6 race sessions lost due to Covid restrictions and rain. However, the level of enjoyment was as high as ever. We were fortunate that the presentation event went ahead in fine weather after rain threatened all day.

A total of 32 riders participated in one or more of the 21-22 track racing sessions. Since the transfer of our track program to the Bundadome venue in 2014, a total of 77 riders from the club have participated in Track racing. Attendance was slightly down on last year, with 12 – 18 riders being the norm. This season, A grade was split into two levels (A1 and A2) for results and championship points. This change has opened up the Track Championship to more riders.

There were 14 evening track sessions with around 50 races over the season. The season provided a variety of race formats including scratch races, handicaps, pursuits, match races, points races and sprint time trials. All races contributed to an overall Track Championship. This year Alison Hale took out the Track Championship. It has been good to see several riders in contention for the championship in recent years. Alison is a most deserving winner as she attended every track session and proved to be the strongest rider in B grade. It was great to see several new faces this year and some returning trackies from years past. We had a very strong and successful female contingent including Karen Clutson, Sarah Stephens, Alison Hale, Pat Rooke, Kerry Knowler and Lindy Hou. It was good to see the A2 grade riders well up in the Championship point scores. Tony Beasley took out second place in the Track Championship with Craig Kentwell taking third place. Both of these riders had strong seasons and were consistently competitive.

Regrettably. this track season was not injury free. Ken Birch had a fall at full pace, due to a clipped wheel. Ken suffered bad abrasions and bruising. In the last eight years, we have had only six accidents at track, with mostly minor injuries. Despite the speed, close quarters racing and lack of brakes, track racing is consistently the safest race discipline offered by the club.

The standard of riding was high and most of the regular riders improved considerably over the season. As usual, it was difficult to select the most improved rider. However, this season’s award for most improved rider went to Karen Clutson from B grade. Karen has been super competitive in B grade and developed into a very worthy rival for Alison Hale.

The track season included a handicap Wheel Race just after Christmas, with the trophy taken by Steve Jones, using great tactical nous. Steve was off bike touring at the presentation date, so his medal and trophy were kindly accepted by his partner Kerry Knowler. Kerry is a track regular and exceptionally strong rider who can usually be relied upon to enliven the A grade events with suicidal attacks.

Towards the end of the season, we ran a four-event Omnium Championship. The results for this event are decided by “the algorithm” which attempts to equalise the chances of all track participants, regardless of grading. This year Michael Langdon took out the Omnium Championship. It was great that Michael returned as a regular rider this season. His lively presence had been missed.

21-22 Track Medal Winners

21-22 Track Medal Winners

(L to R: Craig Kentwell & Tony Beasley: Bronze & Silver medallists for the Track Championship, Kerry Knowler: Accepted Xmas Wheel Race Trophy for Steve Jones, Alison Hale: Overall Track Champion, Karen Clutson: Most Improved Track Rider, Michael Langdon: Omnium Champion).

This summary would not be complete without acknowledging and thanking all the parties who contributed to the track season. In particular, Phil Coulton and the club committee arranged track bookings and provided general support for the track racing discipline. Ian Morton published reports and results in The Bleat. Kim Malcolm organised all the winner’s medals. Kirsty McVeigh took care of the finances that support track racing. Simon Whitehead provided regular sports medicine support. Thanks also to those who assisted in myriad ways over the season and particularly to the track riders who invariably displayed the best competitive spirit and camaraderie. As usual, trackies were great company over the season.

Graeme O’Neill

21-22 Track Season Results

Christmas Wheel Race Results (1st – 5th):
Steve Jones, Tony Beasley, Alison Hale, Craig Kentwell, Warwick Wilson

Season’s Most Improved Track Rider
Karen Clutson

Final Omnium Championship Points:
Michael Langdon (16), James Newhouse (13), Graeme O’Neill (13), Frank O’Sullivan (12), Tony Beasley (11), Tim Jolly (8), Karen Clutson (7), Alison Hale (6), Kerry Knowler (5), Lindy Hou (5), Terry Danaher (5).

Final 21/22 Track Championship Point Scores:
Alison Hale (239), Tony Beasley (226), Craig Kentwell (204), James Newhouse (197), Michael Langdon (191), Graeme O’Neill (133), Steve Jones (128), Karen Clutson (123), Ken Birch (119), John Paul De Sousa (116), Bruce Griffin (97), Kerry Knowler (93), Phil Coulton (85), Wayne Benham (68), Tim Jolly (65), Warwick Wilson (62), Ben Davis (58).

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 21st March, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

•  From the Race Committee

•  Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Handicaps

Changes this week;
 – Tom Stewart-Moore C to B
 – Simon Porombka C to B
 – Dale Kleeman C to B
 – Ben Vagnarelli D to C
 – Paul McKay E to D

CRMers out and out

An eagle-eyed Bleat reader commented on my rendition of the Peaks Challenge 2022 results which appeared last week. This was shocking for two reasons: one was that someone actually read it and the other was that Emma Padovan was the OVERALL female winner, beating 129 entrants ranging from TicTokers to OK Boomers.

ACT crit champs

These champs were conducted by AusCycling ACT on the weekend. The weekend format means more crits can be held on weekdays for those that like to mindlessly circle Stromlo, but it was a blow to entries resulting in only the likely medal winners turning up. This is further proof that we need to keep holding our championships on consecutive Tuesdays. See link for no surprises.

Dropper seatpost at Milano-San Remo

Those of you who follow international cycling would have seen Matej Mohric’s spectacular win at Milano-San Remo on Sunday morning. The use of the dropper seatpost, the bunny hop out of the gutter and the overall kamikaze descent that gave him enough advantage to prevent anyone bridging on the Via Roma will be part of cycling folklore for decades. I’m just wondering if any club members have already ordered a dropper seatpost in time for the winter season. Just think how handy it will be in the Iron Mike when descending from the end of the bitumen. The 50m gained will justify your purchase, if we move the finish line to Condor Creek.

GCN mega-fail

Kicked out of the bedroom where the smart TV is and unable to watch GCN on the intellectually challenged TV in the lounge room meant that I was streaming Milano-San Remo on my phone while watching a drama on iview to keep me awake during the first boring 260km. At first the app was allowing me to fast forward to the action so I could monitor race progress, but when the 6th episode of ‘Unforgotten’ had finished and Poggers’ minions were lighting it up on the Cipressa, my phone was showing an interview with Mads Pedersen and the riders still had over 100km to go. Unable to fast forward and not wanting to find out the result at 6am, I sadly had to resort to watching the live updates text feed on Cycling News.

Rob Langridge

From the Race Committee

Coaching

The Race Committee is looking to establish a roster of people prepared to act as coaches/mentors for new members who want to develop their skills.

Could anyone who is interested or who knows anyone who might be interested, please let the Race Committee know (race.committee@actvets.cc)

Race Directors and Marshals

The RMS has been updated with the ACT races that we have currently secured approval.

We are looking for volunteers to fill the Race Director and Marshal positions so that we can ensure the running of these races.

Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

Early bird entries close on 26 March. More details at: www.rotaryrides.org.au

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 22nd March: Stromlo Criterium

Note: Pre-registration required by 22 Mar 2022 3:50 pm.

No late entries accepted.

Where: Stromlo Forest Park

Race Description:
E/F/G 20m+2 5:50 E/F/G 20m+2
A/C 6:15 A 28m+2, C 28m+2
B/D 6:50 B 28m+2, D 25m+2

Race Director: Craig Tozer   Contact: Email: cranoss@gmail.com    Ph  0414 157 765

Marshals: Gai Monahan

Thursday, 24th March: Track Racing Presentation

This track session will be the 21-22 season presentation evening. Hope to see as many trackies as possible. All other club members also welcome.

There will be the usual practice and warm up from 5.30pm and a single Italian Pursuit event at 6.00pm, followed by the trophy presentations. The club will provide drinks and nibbles. If anyone wishes to bring a plate it will be most welcome.

Sunday, 27th March – No Scheduled Road Race

RACE REPORTS:

SFP Criterium – 15th March

Unlike last week, the dry weather saw riders return in numbers across all grades. A and C grades start the evening, A Grade saw a number of attacks through out the race with Mathew Corby making a long range attack on the last lap only to be run down with the line in sight with James Meadley crossing first followed by, Mark Harris and Brad Peppinck. As a result of a communication breakdown, only the first three finishes were captured for A Grade. If you came in 4th and 5th please contact the race committee to allow the appropriate point to be allocated to you. C Grade set a steady pace with Mark Vardy taking his fair share of time up front. In the end it came down to a bunch sprint with Tom Stewart-Moore taking the points followed by Simon Porombka and Dale Kleeman.

B and D grade we next to go, like C Grade B Grade kept itself together for the majority of the race with Dominic ( The Dominator ) Romano taking a hotly contested sprint leading in Ed Pelligrino and Todd Sowter.

D grade stayed together until the final lap when it came apart leaving three riders in the lead group. After contested sprint Ben Vagnarelli took 1st place, which incidentally the same result as when he last raced in 2016 in C grade, followed by Steven Harrison and Greg Mitchell.

E.F and G grade were last to go, with Paul Mckay taking out E Grade, followed by Robert Solomon and Linda Stalls. F grade was won by Lindsay Graham with Gai Monahan taking G.

Graham Tanton

Track Racing – 17th March

Thursday 17 March was the last competitive track session for the 21-22 season. Weather for the session was cool and overcast with almost no wind. Attendance was good at 16 riders, 9 in A grade and 7 in B grade.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race was quite eventful. It commenced at a solid pace with turns by John Paul De Sousa, Wayne Benham, Michael Langdon and Tony Beasley. On lap 5 Craig Kentwell launched an attack, soon gaining 20m on the bunch and drawing out Michael Langdon as an ally. Over lap 6, Kerry Knowler worked hard to close the gap to this pair, eventually taking the lead by lap 7. Then Tim Jolly attacked with Michael Langdon again covering the attack. The bunch was fairly consolidated going into the bell lap and at that point Michael Langdon put in the decisive attack gaining a good lead and holding it to the finish. Tim Jolly and Ben Davis put in a dogged pursuit of Michael and were rewarded with second and third placings respectively.

The B Grade scratch race was also fairly eventful. Frank O’Sullivan enlivened matters with an attack from the start, soon gaining a 30m lead and putting Phil Coulton into difficulty, in pursuit. Phil rolled off and Bruce Griffin took over the pursuit before handing off to Alison Hale. By this time, Alison was within striking distance of Frank. One good acceleration closed the gap to Frank and soon consolidated the bunch. Graeme O’Neill took over the pacing for lap 5. When he rolled off, the bunch was starting to get toey with riders splayed across the banking and jockeying for position. This continued until the bell lap approached, when there was a sudden acceleration from Alison Hale and riders sprinted through the bell lap. Terry Danaher, Alison Hale and Frank O’Sullivan contested the placings. Terry showed a good turn of speed to take the win, while Alison was able to hold off Frank O’Sullivan to take second. Frank took a comfortable third place.

The next event was a 200-metre flying start time trial. This is a popular and technically challenging event. The fifteen riders who participated had exciting runs and put in respectable times that were quite close within the different grades. Michael Langdon put in the best time in A1 grade at 13.22 seconds. Tim Jolly had the best time in A2 grade at an amazing 13.27 seconds. Terry Danaher was best in B grade at an also impressive 13.91 seconds.

A 4-lap handicap was scheduled as the next event in the race session. However, with heavy cloud cover, the light was fading, so this event was dropped.

The track session closed with the usual, all-in, Italian pursuit. This event had 2 teams of 7 riders. Team 1 was anchored by Michael Langdon, so team 2 needed to establish and consolidate an early lead. Team 2 did their best and built a significant lead over the first 70% of the race. They surrendered some of their lead in the latter part of the race. However, they still looked a good prospect right up to the final changeover. At this point Michael Langdon was just too strong for the Team 2 anchor and gained a win for Team 1 by a few metres. It was an interesting race.

Major place getters for this session were as follows:
8-Lap Graded Scratch: (A1 Grade) Michael Langdon, John Paul De Sousa, Wayne Benham. (A2 Grade) Tim Jolly, Ben Davis, Tony Beasley. (B Grade) Terry Danaher, Alison Hale, Frank O’Sullivan.
200m Fly TT: (A1 Grade) Michael Langdon (13.22s), John Paul De Sousa (13.94s), Wayne Benham (13.98s), (A2 Grade) Tim Jolly (13.27s), Kerry Knowler (13.89s), Craig Kentwell (13.95s). (B Grade) Terry Danaher (13.91s), Frank O’Sullivan (14.29s), Alison Hale (14.36s).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (Michael Langdon, Tony Beasley, Craig Kentwell, Tim Jolly, Phil Coulton, Frank O’Sullivan, Bruce Griffin).

Final Omnium Championship Points:
Michael Langdon (16), James Newhouse (13), Graeme O’Neill (13), Frank O’Sullivan (12), Tony Beasley (11), Tim Jolly (8), Karen Clutson (7), Alison Hale (6), Kerry Knowler (5), Lindy Hou (5), Terry Danaher (5).

Final Season Point Score:
Alison Hale (239), Tony Beasley (226), Craig Kentwell (204), James Newhouse (197), Michael Langdon (191), Graeme O’Neill (133), Steve Jones (128), Karen Clutson (123), Ken Birch (119), John Paul De Sousa (116), Bruce Griffin (97), Kerry Knowler (93), Phil Coulton (85), Wayne Benham (68), Tim Jolly (65), Warwick Wilson (62), Ben Davis (58).

Graeme O’Neill

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 14th March, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Race Committee

•  Masters Out and About

•  Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Race Committee

A reminder on race entries

Last Tuesday we had some members enter the crit but not race in anticipation of it being canceled due to the weather. Racing goes ahead unless the weather presents too great a risk such as lightning, extreme winds, or bushfire smoke. The regular wet track, Duck Pâté, and ugly southerly alone won’t result in a canceled race which by all accounts made the points worth the cost of a bottom bracket!

If you have entered a race but unable to race the race committee is happy to help with transferring your entry providing you email race.committee@actvets.cc as early as possible but definitely before your scheduled race time. Transferring is possible but does require some RMS wizardry so “changes of mind“, “legs needing a rest“, or “can’t miss MAFs” cannot be accommodated.

Coaching

The Race Committee is looking to establish a roster of people prepared to act as coaches/mentors for new members who want to develop their skills.

Could anyone who is interested or who knows anyone who might be interested, please let the Race Committee know (race.committee@actvets.cc)

Race Directors and Marshals

The RMS has been updated with the ACT races that we have currently secured approval.

We are looking for volunteers to fill the Race Director and Marshal positions so that we can ensure the running of these races.

Masters Out and About

The Falls Creek Peaks Challenge (235km 4000+ climbing metres) was held over the weekend with the club’s star mountain goats Emma Padovan and Jeremy Gillman-Wells recording some stunning performances. Emma was the 41-50 age category winner in 8:47 against 53 starters, while Jeremy, having recovered from his exhausting session of race directing on Tuesday, was 7th out of 454 finishers in the same age category for the men in a time of 7:53.

Over Wagga Wagga way, Marc Vroomans and Mark Harris finished 9th and 11th, respectively, in the Div 3 Criterium at Ladysmith, but were less successful in the open handicap. Ben Morrison was 4th in the Div 2 criterium, and finished among the 50-rider bunch in the handicap. Meanwhile at the Vikings Supercrits, Johnathan Chowns continued to turn back the decades, winning the D grade race.

Rob Langridge

Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

Early bird entries close on 26 March. More details at: www.rotaryrides.org.au

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 15th March: Stromlo Criterium

Note: Pre-registration required by 15 Mar 2022 3:50 pm.

No late entries accepted.

Where: Stromlo Forest Park

Race Description:
A/C 5:50 A 28m+2, C 25m+2
B/D 6:25 B 28m+2, D 25m+2
E/F/G 7:00 E/F/G 20 m + 2

Race Director:  Graham Tanton   Contact: Email: grahamtanton@hotmail.com    Ph  0419 880 078

Marshals: Geoff Ellacott

Thursday, 17th March: Track Racing

The Program for Thursday is;
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice,
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 6.50pm: 200m flying start TT;
6.50pm – 7.10pm: 4-lap handicap race;
7.10pm – 7.30pm: Italian pursuit.

Note: This session will be the final competitive track session for the 21-22 season. The season presentation evening will be 24 March 2022. Hope to see as many trackies as possible at the presentation evening. All other club members also welcome.

Sunday, 20th March – No Scheduled Road Race

RACE REPORTS:

SFP Criterium – 8th March

Scratchings came thick and fast with Gerard Tiffen, Nathan Spillane, Gareth Downey and Paul Watson calling “I’m out” even before the day had begun. But that dear reader, was the tip of the iceberg with many riders having enough sense to not even register; whilst the howling gusts triggered others to not even bother glancing out the window in order to realise pulling on the lycra was foolhardy; meanwhile others delved deep into the BOM radar & weather alerts with great anticipation and decided this was a great week to volunteer for officiating.

26 hopeful souls backed themselves before 3.50pm. As it turns out, that was mostly bravado and folly.

First up to not race with 0 from 3 entrants in B grade and 0 from 5 in D great – it was a 100% “wash out” with no points awarded and a delighted CRMCC committee gratefully accepting the $80 donation.

G grade offered up a lone Andre Swenson who arrived super keen and super early. Sure, not keen enough to turn a pedal in anger for warm up – but there nonetheless. As we scoured the form guide for starters in F grade, Lindsay’s wife was aghast at the fact that we had even called her to find out whether or not Lindsey was indeed racing. He wasn’t. And that left Ross Heazlewood to “soak” up the maximum 2 points on offer in F. Cheekily, Andre, who had been sitting on Ross’ wheel all day, attacked up the final back straight but that move was to no avail and Ross easily rolled over him up the final climb of the day and monstered the cranks down the home straight into a nasty cross-head-southerly for glory. Impressively, that also meant a maximum 2 points for Andre in F grade so…well played sir, well played.

Crit 8 Mar 2022

That left A & C grades with 3 hitters and 4 gladiators respectively…and they rolled out combined for 30 minutes & 25 minutes + 2 respectively. C grade valiantly holding the wheel in the early laps with Brad Peppinck and Bruce Goodfellow from A grade swapping turns out the front. David Parker was dangerously loitering at the very back of the combined A/C bunch. Brad made his first move down the front straight into the wind on lap three followed by Bruce and DP scrambling to stay in touch. This move, followed by the pace into collarbone corner, dislodged C grade and DP. And then with the tailwind behind them all up the back straight, the whole bunch managed to reform by the time they came round for the fourth lap.

Brad made another move off the front for lap five with DP and Bruce trailing. Further back to C grade who were trying to bridge the gap downhill into the headwind. By the time they hit the top of the track, it was A grade all back together for lap six and then the elastic snapped to C and the 3 A’s were out front, chopping off by themselves. Well that got us to 18 to go and quite frankly, nothing much happened in those long, cold, windy, wet and gloomy 18 minutes. Well except that Brad attacked with 9 to go and achieved a sizeable gap very quickly – a confident man in the wet considering he’s recently off the collarbone injury. And then it was all back together with 4 minutes to go. With two laps to go there was no action and all together into the final lap – clearly all saving themselves for the final. As they received the bell the wind was gusting strongly and the rain was picking up. Still all together is they came into collarbone corner for the final time and as they rounded the back straight with the tailwind the expected attack never came and it was all very cagey indeed. Into the home straight and they were fully fanned out across the track with DP unable to sustain the pace and Brad Peppernink showing his prowess and sprinting form as he crossed the line well ahead of Bruce.

After C grade was dislodged from the trio in A – Dale Kleeman was dropped due to the surging pace and strong winds. Mind you the enormous jacket he was wearing acted somewhat like a parachute and surely restricted his movement in the forward direction. The remaining three in C grade worked well together to stay up the front and ensuring that Dale could not rejoin. Mark Taylor was never seen at the front – the wily cat biding his time at the back of the 3 – although that did cost him a mouthful of track grit from all the spray. Dale rejoined the back of the bunch after being lapped with 2 to go. Tom Stewart-Moore led it out up the back straight however the combatants were very controlled and it looked like a lot of cat and mouse going on as they climbed for the last time. Tom was still in the front until halfway down the main straight and then Mark Taylor opened up the sprint and held on for the win ahead of Ian Preston and then Tom. Mark clearly taking a leaf from the Troy Reddick/Christophe book of racing – NEVER put your nose in the wind until you see the line…

Jeremy Gillman-Wells

Track Racing – 10th March

Weather for the season’s 13th track racing session was mild with a moderate head wind in the Bundadome front straight. Attendance was 12 riders, 5 in A grade and 7 in B grade. This race session saw the completion of both the season’s track championship and the 4-event omnium championship.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race was orderly. It commenced at an even pace with turns by Tony Beasley, James Newhouse Tim Jolly and Craig Kentwell. Craig must have felt good, as he did almost two laps on the front before handing off to Michael Langdon. Michael did a lap and a bit at bunch pace, before rolling off. However, instead of rotating to the back of the bunch, Michael eased up the banking, positioning himself for an attack as the bunch rolled into the penultimate lap. Michael soon made the expected attack, surging out to a 30-metre lead in the next half lap. As Michael rolled into the bell lap, Craig Kentwell, Tim Jolly and the remaining bunch were pursuing hard. However, by this stage Michael’s lead was unbeatable and he rolled in for a comfortable win. Craig and Tim battled it out for second place with Tim just pipping Craig at the line.

The B Grade scratch race was also fairly orderly with a good, solid pace. Terry Danaher, Karen Clutson, Alison Hale, Pat Rooke and Graeme O’Neill rolled through one lap turns on the front. Frank O’Sullivan took over the lead on lap 6. When he handed off to Phil Coulton, there were two laps to go. Phil took this as a signal to put the hammer down and put the bunch under pressure. The pack accelerated and before long the front runners where barrelling into the bell lap, at speed. Alison Hale held off everyone over the bell lap to take the win. Terry Danaher and Franck O’Sullivan pursued relentlessly and picked up second and third spots, respectively. Phil Coulton missed the reward for his attack, fading over the last lap.

The evening’s second event was a 2-Lap handicap event to conclude the Omnium Championship. Graeme O’Neill and Michael Langdon were tied on top points leading into this event, so if either could lead the other home, they would be a good prospect to take the championship. Graeme went off with the limit riders. Disaster struck immediately, when he pulled out of a cleat on initial acceleration. There was no hope of recovering from this, so Graeme dropped onto the duck board as remaining riders streamed past. The handicap was keenly contested with Frank O’Sullivan riding strongly for a win. James Newhouse did well to take second place from a difficult handicap. Michael Langdon rode superbly from the scratch mark to pick up third and take the Omnium championship by 3 points.

The evening’s third event was a difficult 12-lap snowball points race with 4-sprints. In the aptly named snowball, the sprint points grow as the event proceeds, making the latter sprints more valuable. In A grade, Craig Kentwell put in a great tactical effort to secure a win with 12 points. Tim Jolly and Tony Beasley rode doggedly to pick up second and third spots respectively. In B grade, Alison Hale dominated picking up 14 points for the win. Karen Clutson rode a good, tactical race to take second spot with 9 points and Frank O’Sullivan picked up third spot with 5 points.

The track session closed with the usual, all-in, Italian pursuit. This event had 2 teams of 6 riders. Team 1 was anchored by Michael Langdon, so team 2 needed to establish and consolidate an early lead. Team 2 almost did that, by great riding over the first two laps. However, the mid-race riders for Team 1 (Karen Clutson, James Newhouse and Tony Beasley) refused to give up any more advantage to Team 2. Consequently, Team 2 had only a small lead going into the final lap. Michael Langdon easily closed down this lead and surged to a 10-metre win for Team 1. The changing fortunes made for an interesting race.

Correction from last week:
Combined 2-lap Handicap: Alison Hale, James Newhouse, Karen Clutson

Major place getters for this session were as follows:
8-Lap Graded Scratch: (A1 Grade) Michael Langdon. (A2 Grade) Tim Jolly, Craig Kentwell, Tony Beasley. (B Grade) Alison Hale, Terry Danaher, Frank O’Sullivan.
Combined 2-lap Handicap: Frank O’Sullivan, James Newhouse, Michael Langdon.
12-Lap Graded Snowball: (A Grade) Craig Kentwell (12pts), Tim Jolly (10pts), Tony Beasley(8pts). (B Grade) Alison Hale (14 pts), Karen Clutson (9 pts), Frank O’Sullivan (5 pts).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (Michael Langdon, Tony Beasley , Karen Clutson, James Newhouse, Pat Rooke, Graeme O’Neill).

Final Omnium Championship Points:
Michael Langdon (16), James Newhouse (13), Graeme O’Neill (13), Frank O’Sullivan (12), Tony Beasley (11), Tim Jolly (8), Karen Clutson (7), Alison Hale (6), Kerry Knowler (5), Lindy Hou (5), Terry Danaher (5).

Season Point Score Update:
Alison Hale (239), Tony Beasley (226), Craig Kentwell (204), James Newhouse (197), Michael Langdon (191), Graeme O’Neill (133), Steve Jones (128), Karen Clutson (123), Ken Birch (119), John Paul De Sousa (116), Bruce Griffin (97), Kerry Knowler (93), Phil Coulton (85), Wayne Benham (68), Tim Jolly (65), Warwick Wilson (62), Ben Davis (58).

Graeme O’Neill

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